in a pig's eye


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in a pig's eye

Never; not at all; under no circumstances (will that happen or is that true). A: "I'm pretty sure we can restore this old junker in a week. B: "In a pig's eye! That will take months, if not longer!"
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in a pig's eye

Under no condition, not at all, as in In a pig's eye he'll pay me back, or You think he's competent? In a pig's eye! This expression, a euphemism for in a pig's ass, is generally used as a strong negative. [Slang; late 1800s]
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in a pig's eye

expressing scornful disbelief at a statement. informal, chiefly North American
1987 Evelyn E. Smith Miss Melville Returns Under other circumstances I think we could have been friends. ‘In a pig's eye,’ Susan thought.
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in a pig’s ˈeye

(American English, informal) used to say that you think that something is not at all true or that something will definitely not happen: He told you his father owns the company? In a pig’s eye!‘Apparently this is the best hotel in town.’ ‘In a pig’s eye it is!’
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in a pig's eye

Slang
Under no condition; never.
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in a pig's eye

Never! Several sources have been suggested for this Americanism from the late nineteenth century. One holds that it is rhyming slang for “when pigs fly,” which of course is never. Another, more probable theory is that it is a euphemism for “in a pig’s ass,” which came from a bawdy song. Whatever the true origin, it has been on its way to becoming a cliché since about 1950.
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in a pig's eye

Untrue. “Eye” is a rhyme for “lie.” “Pig” has an unpleasant connotation. Put them together, and you have an expression for something that's patently false. The phrase was most often heard as a rejoinder to a remark that the hearer believes is untrue. To the statement that “The Cubs will win the World Series next year” might well be the response, “In a pig's ear.” Or, to use another porcine phrase, “When pigs fly.”
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